Friday, December 1, 2017

Comments & Suggestions

You may or may not have noticed, but we have a new area on the Library home page labeled "Comments" - and if you haven't noticed it take a look at the upper left hand corner under the library banner and you'll see the graphic shown to the left.

We have put this here to enable you to send us feedback - whether you have a complaint or a congratulations on a job well done - this is the place to do that.  While we would rather have a kudos than a complaint we realize that they are extremely valuable to us in finding out what is working and not working for you the user.  So if you have a complaint or a concern or simply a suggestion on improving the library we want your feedback.

These are completely anonymous - we don't ask for your email or your name - we just ask for your input at any time, now or in the future. Rest assured these comments will be going directly to Cynthia Peterson, the Director of Library Services and will be taken with the utmost seriousness.  These are also not taking the place of the library surveys we give and we hope you'll participate in the one we'll have in the spring semester as that asks more pointed questions on your satisfaction with specific areas of the library.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Crazy Hours Ahead

This time of the year the library ends up with crazy hours.  Between Thanksgiving break and Christmas nothing seems to be "normal" - at least as far as the times we are open!  So here's a taste of what our hours are like between now and December 21st!

Exam Week

As usual, we extend our hours during exam week and stay open until 2 am for four of those days.  Here's that schedule:
Sunday-Monday, December 3-4:
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Card access only)
Monday-Tuesday, December 4-5:
7:30 AM - 2:00 AM (Card access 6PM-2AM)
Tuesday-Wednesday, December 5-6:
7:30 AM - 2:00 AM (Card access 6PM-2AM)
Wednesday-Thursday, December 6-7:
7:30 AM - 2:00 AM (Card access 6PM-2AM)
Thursday, December 7:
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, December 8:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10:

December Mini-Term

Our December Mini-Term hours are shorter than regular semester hours, so please note the hours during this time:
Monday, December 11:
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Card access 6PM - 9PM)
Tuesday, December 12:
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Card access 6PM-9AM)
Wednesday, December 13:
 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Card access 6PM-9AM)
Thursday, December 14:
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Card access 6PM-9AM)
Friday, December 15:
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17:

End of Semester & Christmas Holidays

The Library will remain open through December 21st.  Here are the hours for the end-of-semester through the Christmas and New Year holidays:
Monday, December 18
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Card access only)
Tuesday, December 19
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Card access only)
Wednesday, December 20
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Card access only)
Thursday, December 21
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Card access only)
Friday, December 22-Tuesday, January 2

Watch the calendar on the Library home page for the library hours after January 2nd.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Open Access Content Now Available Through JSTOR

JSTOR now has open content, including a growing collection of over 2,000 open access e-books.  In addition there are 500,000 early journal articles in the public domain as well as a large number of other journal content made freely available by JSTOR's publishing partners.

This freely available content is fully searchable and accessible to anyone, but you can take fuller advantage because of the more traditional JSTOR content with which you are already familiar.

All open content includes downloadable full-text PDF files.  There are also free research tools available on the platform.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

First Annual "Beginnings & Endings" To Be Held March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017 members of the ETBU community will gather to listen to readings from favorite books.  The event, entitled "Beginnings and Endings" will feature selections from beginning or ending chapters and will be read by ETBU students, faculty, and staff.

Currently approximately fourteen people are slated to read selections from books as diverse as two of the Harry Potter books to Ulysses by James Joyce.  Other readings will include A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee will have two different readers - one reading the beginning chapter and another the ending chapter.  About seven more selections will also be included.  Each selection will run from three to five minutes.

So join us for readings and refreshments on March 7th at 3:30 PM in the Jarrett Library Heritage Room!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New TexShare Databases for 2016-2017 Cover STEM, Legal, and Education

Several new TexShare databases were added during the summer and consist mainly of STEM, legal, and educational assistance. 

STEM Databases

There are two new STEM (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) databases, one from Gale and the other from ProQuest plus a STEM collection for ebrary.

Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on
hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. 

The SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

An add-on through Jarrett Library's ebrary e-book database, the Science and Technology E-book Subscription offers carefully curated e-books spanning coverage in all science and technology topics with exceptional strength in computers and IT, engineering, life and physical sciences, and math. It is designed to facilitate the research workflow and outcomes for your library and its users. The Subscription included renowned publishers such as Wiley, Island Press, World Scientific Press, University of North Carolina Press, Elsevier Science, Rutgers University Press, and Temple University Press.
Legal Database

For those people who like a do-it-youself approach to legal matters we now have the Gale Legal Forms.  It provides a wide selection of state-specific (Texas) and some multi-state legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

As with anything legal remember that librarians and library staff cannot give you legal advice, but we are happy to help you find the forms you may need. 

Education Database
Teachers of reading will find some great teaching aids in TeachingBooks, an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.